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Capacity analysis for a multiuser cross-layer downlink model in the presence of fading and interference

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2 Author(s)
D. Arora ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Victoria, Columbia ; P. Agathoklis

A system model that employs beamforming at the physical (PHY) layer and different scheduling algorithms at the medium access control (MAC) layer is used in a downlink environment where two users are served simultaneously. The effect of the scheduling algorithms on the system performance is assessed in terms of total system capacity. The scheduling algorithms considered, choose users either randomly, or on the basis of their instantaneous signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and/or their angular location around the base station. A semi-analytical framework for the capacity analysis is also presented. The results obtained from the numerical model are shown to be consistent with those based on the semi-analytical framework. It is shown that explicitly taking into consideration at the MAC layer the angular location of mobile users around the base station along with instantaneous SNR for the selection of users that are served simultaneously leads to an improved system capacity. This improvement is the result of reduced interference that simultaneously served users cause on each other. The results show that joint addressing of the PHY and MAC layer issues in an integrated cross-layer framework is important for achieving maximal system performance

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IET Communications  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )